Jesus Is The Word of God

Today’s Lesson

Read John 1:1, 1 John 1:1, and Revelation 19:13

Jesus is The Word of God. This does not mean that Jesus is a spoken or written representation of an idea: Jesus is not a word; Jesus is The Word of God.

Yes, the Bible is the word of God, but it is the word of God in a different sense that Jesus is The Word of God. The Bible is the word of God in the sense that, through divine inspiration, the Bible is God’s written message to humanity (much like a letter is one person’s message to another).

However, when the New Testament declares that Jesus is The Word of God, it means that Jesus is a part of God’s being, a part that proceeds from God Himself to do God’s will. Acting as a messanger of God, The Word of God speaks for God (Genesis 15:1), teaches others about God (Proverbs 1:20-30), creates for God (Psalm 33:6), and accomplishes God’s will before returning to God Himself (Isaiah 55:11).

As The Word of God, Jesus is God, not because He and the Father are the same (Jesus and the Father are actually distinct one from the other), but because The Word of God proceeds from the Father’s being (John 16:27). Thus, The Word of God is related to God the Father in the same way The Spirit of God is related to God the Father (to read more about the Spirit of God, click here).

Questions for Reflection

  1. Do you believe Jesus is divine, or do you believe that he was only another human prophet or teacher?
  2. Do you belive that Jesus is one being with the Father and the Spirit of God, or do you believe Jesus was created by God?
  3. On what do you base your beliefs about Jesus?

Sample Prayer

Father in Heaveh, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, and God of the Bible, I belive in you, and I belive in Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, the Messiah, your Son, whom you have sent. I believe He is your Word: one with you, the one who proceeds from you, the one who has returned to you.

Jesus, Christ, Messiah! Continue to reveal yourself in my life so I can continue to trust you and praise you. Amen!

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God is Complex

Today’s Lesson

Read Genesis 1:2, Isaiah 55:11, Exodus 33:14 & 22

God has revealed Himself to be complex. Just as humans have hearts, brains, and limbs, God reveals that there are different parts to Himself. God is a spirit (John 4:24), nevertheless there is a part of God that is called the Holy Spirit (see Genesis 1:2). God’s word proceeds from God, carries out God’s will, and returns to God (see Isaiah 55:11). God’s presence (Exodus 33:14) and glory (Exodus 33:22) are also extensions of Himself.

The complexity of God is hardly comprehensible to us human beings, nevertheless God has chosen to reveal it to us in the Bible, and with good reason. The complexity God reveals about Himself is the foundation for what God would later reveal about Himself in the New Testament: that God is triune.

Questions for Reflection

  1. Why is it important that our understanding of God’s nature be completely based on what the Bible reveals about God’s nature?
  2. What do you understand about the doctrine of the Trinity?
  3. What Scriptures would you use to teach the doctrine of the Trinity?

Prayer Sample

Lord, you are marvellous! You exceed our understanding! How great you are! How beautiful you are! I praise you and worship you for who you are.

I humbly and meekly trust your word. I trust what you have revealed about yourself. Continue to teach me more about yourself so I can continue to praise you and fall in love with you. Amen.

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Did The Tanach Promise A Divine Messiah?

Dear Friends,

I would like to share with you a link to an article I wrote some time ago but recently updated: Did The Tanach Promise A Divine Messiah?

In the article, I respond to statements made by Rabbi Tovia Singer, who argues that the Messiah promised in the Tanach is not God, but only a human being.

This was my first article in response to the Rabbi’s videos, and soon I hope to be sharing with you a third article.

Sincerely,

Marcelo Carcach

 

God Is Love

Today’s Lesson

Read Isaiah 63:9 and 1 John 4:8.

The biblical statement God is love does not mean God is a feeling or a value. God is a person: a transcendent person, but nonetheless a person. What God is love means is that love is a dominant (if not the deminant) attribute of God.

People often have a difficult time believing that the God of the Bible is characterized by love. They resent that He has allowed suffering in the world and that He has dealt harshly with particular people groups (for example, the inhabitants of Sodom and Canaan).

We should consider, however, that God does not supsend his righteousness, holiness, and justice to bestow his love; in Him, love exists in harmony with these attributes. God is love; God is perfect love.

Questions for Reflection

  1. What is love? How do you define love?  How do you demonstrate love?
  2. Can you be angry with someone and yet love that person? Is it ever right for you to stop loving someone?
  3. How do love and justice contradict each other? How do love and justice harmonize with each other?
  4. Why is it important for us to remember that God is love? Why would God want us to know that He is love?

Sample Prayer

I believe you are love, God. I believe that love, righteousness, holiness, and justice exist in harmony in your own being, and that you keep them in proper balance, for you are perfect. I accept who you are, and I praise you for who you are.

Thank-you, Lord God, for shedding your love over me when I turned to Jesus Christ, your Son, whom you gave to humanity for love, to save us all from our sins so we would know that you love us with a boundless love (John 3:16).

Amen.

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God Is Merciful

Today’s Lesson

Read Exodus 34:6 and Ezekiel 18:23.

God is merciful and gracious. Even though He punishes the wicked because God is holy and just, God would rather see all human beings repent so He would forgive them and grant them grace (1 Timothy 2:4).

In fact, God is so merciful, He has postponed judgement over all human beings so we all have time to repent (2 Peter 3:9). He has also undertaken the task of leading human beings unto repentence before the time of judgement is come (Romans 2:4).

God is merciful: He wants to forgive humanity (John 3:17).

Questions for Reflecion

  1. If God is merciful, why does He punish the wicked? Why does He require people to repent instead of forgiving them without requireing repentance?
  2. Does God’s mercy contradict His righteousness, holiness, and justice?
  3. Do you need God’s mercy and grace? Why do you need His mercy and grace?
  4. What is the difference between God’s mercy and God’s grace? How is God patient?

Sample Prayer

I thank you, Lord, for being patient and leading me to repentance. I thank you for being merciful to me and forgiving me my sins. I thank you for being gracious unto me and giving me salvation, even though I don’t deserve it.

I acknowledge Lord that you are merciful, gracious, and patient. I rejoice in you for it! Amen.

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If God Is Not A Man, Can He Become One?

Dear friends,

I have seen several videos in which Rabbi Tovia Singer uses Numbers 23:19 to argue against the incarnation, the Christian doctrine that teaches that God became a man we know as Jesus of Nazareth, or The Christ (Messiah).

I wrote an article on HubPages to explain why I believe Numbers 23:19 does not support the rabbi’s view, and why I believe the Old Testament (the portion of the Bible that Jews know as the Tanach) gives us plenty of reasons to consider that God would become a man.

Due to my agreement with HubPages, I cannot republish my article anywhere else online. So I am sending you this link http://hub.me/am0Nf so you can access it.

I pray this article is a blessing to you, and I pray that it is a blessing to Rabbi Singer and the people of Israel.

Sincerely,

Marcelo Carcach

God Is Just

Today’s Message

Read Genesis 18:23-25, Deuteronomy 32:4, 41

God is just; God is a just judge. He punishes wickedness and puts an end to it. He renders unto humankind according to their works: the wicked He destroys, and the righteous He spares.

God judged the world with a flood (Genesis 6:17), He judged cities with fire and brimstone (Genesis 19:24), He drove out wicked nations before His people (Deuteronomy 18:12), He judged His own people (2 Kings 21:12), and He will judge every soul who ever lived (Daniel 12:2-3, Isaiah 45:23).

Questions for Reflection

Some people challenge the doctrine that God is just. What challenges do they present, and how would you respond to their challenges?

In the past, God judged the world, Sodom, the Canaanites, and Israel. Do you think God continues to judge peoples and nations?

There will come a time when God will judge every human soul who has ever lived and who will ever live. This includes you. How can you prepare for that time of judgement?

Sample Prayer

Lord God, I recognize that you are the judge of all the Earth, and I recognize that your judgement is just and severe. You seek to destroy all wickedness, and you will destroy all those who oppose you, the righteous God.

I tremble before you, and I tremble not only for myself but for my loved ones, my nation, and all humankind: for we are all sinners, we all fall short of your glorious righteousness.

Thank-you, Lord, for warning us all. Thank-you for giving us hope of salvation through Jesus Christ, whom I humbly receive in my heart. Amen.

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